Would you like an alternative to wearing glasses? Contact lenses are a great option if you don’t like the look of glasses, or if you’d like better peripheral vision for sports. They can be worn every day, or intermittently for special occasions. There are many advantages to contact lenses, but there are also risks and limitations. You must take into consideration your lifestyle, your work environment, and your individual visual needs. Contact lenses may not be recommended for people with certain medical conditions or severe allergies. Talk to Dr. Lee to see if you are suitable for contact lens wear.
A contact lens fitting is important because contact lenses come in various materials and sizes. Contrary to popular belief, they are not all the same. Contact lenses are medical devices, with different parameters to correct myopia, hyperopia, astigmatism, and/or presbyopia. At a contact lens fitting, Dr. Lee will determine an accurate prescription for your contacts, which is not always the same as your glasses prescription. She will take into account your person visual needs (correction for astigmatism, distance/near, work environment, dryness, etc) to select the best lens for you and the shape of your eyes.
As part of the fitting process, trial lenses are provided for you to wear for a week, after which you will return to the office for a follow-up visit. If you have any concerns with the comfort or vision with the lenses, or if Dr. Lee finds that the lens don’t fit well after prolonged wear, the necessary changes will be made. The prescription will not be finalized until you and Dr. Lee are happy with the fit and vision with your lenses.
Insertion and removal training is provided to all new contact lenses wearers as well as anyone who needs a refresher. Lenses must be inserted and removed daily, and unless they are daily disposables, they require daily cleaning and disinfecting. It is very important that you know how to care for your lenses to minimize the risk of infection and vision loss.
We will make sure you leave the office feeling confident about inserting, removing, and cleaning your contact lenses.
Follow Up Visits
Even if you have been a contact lens wearer for a long time, it is important to have yearly contact lens exams to ensure the lenses continue to fit appropriately and for Dr. Lee to monitor the health of the front surface of your eyes.
Types of Contacts
- Daily disposables, bi-weeklies, monthlies
- Contacts for astigmatism
- Coloured contacts
- Bifocal/multifocal contacts
- Rigid gas permeable lenses